By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Jamie Carragher has described Ronald Koeman as a “great appointment” by Everton.
The Merseysiders confirmed on Tuesday morning that the Dutchman is the club’s new manager after signing a three-year contract.
Koeman, who had one year left on his contract at Southampton, replaces Roberto Martinez who was sacked last month.
TV pundit Carragher took to Twitter on Tuesday to not only back the decision of the club he supported as a boy to appoint the 53-year-old but also gave some insight into Koeman’s conduct during a recent punditry role on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football programme.
The Liverpool legend described Koeman as a “class act” when he was a special guest towards the end of the Premier League season.
Koeman is a great appointment by Everton, did a great job at Southampton & was also a class act on MNF. https://t.co/b3ZzQiJneu
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) June 14, 2016
Koeman will be joined at Goodison Park by This brother and assistant manager Erwin plus fitness coach Jan Kluitenberg.
Martinez, who had three years remaining on his contract, led Everton to the semi-finals of the FA Cup and League Cup this season, but their poor league form – they finished 11th in the Premier League – ultimately proved his undoing and he left after nearly three years at the club.
The appointment ends the Dutchman’s hugely successful two-year spell on the south coast, where he twice broke Southampton’s Premier League points record.
The south coast club finished sixth in 2015-16, taking Saints into the Europa League.
In other Everton news, Koeman has already shortlisted a Premier League defender to be his first signing at the club.